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No time like now for distance learning

July 21, 2009
at 10:56 am PST

The economy continues to be tough -- unemployment is higher than it’s been since the early 1980s and all levels of services, particularly at the state level, are being threatened. While agencies at all levels are feeling the pinch, services are expected to continue to be provided and employees still want to learn and grow on the job. In addition, agencies are also looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints.

Video conferencing could be a way to work toward both goals concurrently. Using the right technology, agencies can use video to create off-site training opportunities to expedite professional development without requiring employees to travel across a city, state or the country. Video can also be used to record, archive and podcast meetings, presentations and projects, allowing employees with schedule conflicts or who are ill or on vacation to access the information on demand.

A great example is the use of video in Kansas’s Kan-ed network, which serves schools, higher education institutions and libraries across the state. Using the TANDBERG Codian Multipoint Control Unit (MCU), Kan-ed now offers one integrated network for video, teaching, training, meetings and data sharing, as well as access to the commercial Internet -- all with one router and one network connection. The network also makes it easier for K-12 administrators and teachers, specifically, to connect to state agencies and take advantage of various staff development opportunities that would otherwise have necessitated considerable expenditure of time and travel.

In addition, video can provide collaboration opportunities for agency workers who need to interact with colleagues across town or across the globe. That interaction can include everything from trouble-shooting problems with co-workers on site, to brainstorming sessions in high-definition, real-time environments.

Video can help your agency satisfy training requirements, keep employees connected with each other and reduce its carbon footprint. All while helping staff learn valuable skills in an uncertain economy.

What is your agency doing with video right now?

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